Language Objective: I will peer-review and edit drafts of my and my partners' origin stories.
1. Spend the first 30 minutes on finishing your rough drafts.
2. Edit your draft with the following in mind (read through it at least once and edit it for each step separately to make sure you are consistent.)
- Clearly tie in things you learned from your childhood myths and how these lessons have changed as you grew up.
- Make sure you have specifically addressed at least two sets of polarities within your essay. Make sure that this is fully integrated into your essay rather than tack a paragraph onto the end.
- Choose significant details to highlight and show what happened rather than tell. Some things to consider to show, rather than tell: Are you using all five senses in your essay? Check for significant details in your essay and make sure you describe them accordingly (Remember that sight isn't the only sense. Try to include sounds, smells, tastes, etc.)
- Does your essay flow well? Where could you tighten or expand things?
- Check spelling and grammar (capitalization, punctuation, sentence-length etc.)
3. Self Assessment: Copy/paste the Essay Rubric into the bottom of your draft, then use it to score yourself. Be sure to justify the score you give yourself for each category.
Identify one strong point of your essay and at least one point that you think you need to improve the most on (add this below the rubric and your score).
4. Peer-Review: Share your essay with at least two other people in this class. Be sure that they have access to edit or at least comment on your essay.
To peer-review, use the Essay Rubric and comment on the essays of two others with comments and suggestions on each category. Try to be as detailed as possible in your feedback to help your partners as much as possible.
5. Use your partners' comments to edit and revise your essay.
6. Copy/paste your visuals into your essay (in places where they are relevant) and add a caption to your photos talking about what is in the photo and how it relates to your essay.
7. Read your essay aloud to ensure you are showing instead of telling and to edit any clunky phrasing.
8. Essay formatting:
- Upper left corner (single-spaced):
- Visual Essay
- Today's Date
- Insert page numbers (click into header, hit "insert" > "Page numbers" and select upper right corner. From your page number go back one space and add your last name before the page number.)
- Rest of the paper: double-spaced; size 12 Times New Roman
- Come up with a creative title for your paper (other than Visual Essay) and center and bold your title.
- Indent each paragraph by 0.5 inches (hit tab to do this). No extra blank lines between paragraphs
9. Double-check spelling and grammar and make sure all comments have been resolved before uploading your essay.
- Submit your final draft of the Visual Essay on CANVAS